CWL Newsletter Q2 2017

CWL – Newsletter
Q1 2017

As the first quarter of 2017 ends and the weather begins to show the promise of spring the CWL is entering a season of growth as well.

We are excited to announce that the Good Health is Wealth TV series is filming its first season and post production is currently under way. The CWL, Dreamland Technology and the CTN are partnering to produce a unique series of 30minutes to an hour shows on Integrative Health which will be hosted by Alban Maino, the Director of the CWL.  The series will air on Channel 5 in Portland, Maine, and also appear with additional content on the CWL Youtube channel and our web site.  The series will show how conventional and non-conventional medical treatments are being used today from an Integrative Health perspective. The format of the show will present an alternative modality or a pathology and how Integrative Medicine addresses the matter through interviews, testimonials, video, and other media. The first episode is available for CWL members here

The CWL is also happy to welcome two new board members, Dr. Devra Krassner and Marteen Santerre.
Dr. Krassner has been a leader in Naturopathic Medicine since her graduation at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 1987 and practices medicine at the Integrative Health Center of Maine right here in Portland, Me.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Krassner is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University, where she teaches in the Medical Assistant program.  She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Maine Association of Homeopaths, and past president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Marteen Santerre is a Reiki Master Teacher of the Usui Tibetan Lineage.  She began her Alternative Medicine career as a Hospice Volunteer, before opening up her first practice in Maine in 2014.  She has worked with clients on a wide range of emotional, mental, and physical conditions, from anxiety, depression, adrenal gland issues, cancer, and divorce to healing from trauma. She is a Zen Meditation Teacher, and specializes in guiding the uninitiated in building a meaningful meditation practice.  Marteen is a Theta DNA Healing Certified Practitioner and is also Certified in the Pathway Prayer Process for reading the Akashic Records.  She is an Empath and Psychic Intuitive and works with Clients to achieve their health and wellness goals.

The CWL is pleased to welcome new practitioner members to our provider database (See new providers in section below).

Anoucing Symposium 2018 on Chronic Pain!

In addition to new members and new content the CWL has also begun the process of staging Symposium 2018.  The topic of the conference will be chronic pain and it will be held in April of 2018.  For those of you who attended our most recent conference can look forward to an event that is built upon the foundations of the wildly successful Symposium 2016.  With the current issues facing chronic pain management and the benefits of integrative medicine in this domain it promises to be a timely and beneficial conference.  Look to for early registration and information as soon as it develops.

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Featured Event:World Congress Integrative Health, Berlin.

Quarter 2 2017 has featured one of the largest global events in Integrative Health in Berlin, Germany.  The event featured all of the primary Integrative Medicine voices from around the world, making the European destination one of the most important places to be if you are interested in integrative care.
World Congress Integrative Health. More information on CWL web site.

Peruse our Event Calendar

We invite you to explore the CWL Event Calendar for program updates, important dates and other information pertaining to the most comprehensive forum in the field of complementary and integrative medicine worldwide in 2017 at  This meeting is convened by the European Society of Integrative Medicine (ESIM) and serves as the 10th European Congress for Integrative Medicine and the 12th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research sponsored by the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). This congress will take place in association with several international organizations including the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH) in North America and others from around the globe. We invite researchers, educators, policy makers and clinical providers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to take part in the conference.  The main congress topics will be: Research, Clinical Care, Education, Traditional Healing Systems, Medicine, and the Arts.

Best of the Blogs

Hello Friends and Colleagues —
I have the pleasure of sharing practical “tools” of various sorts this issue. First, an organization putting itself in great service in transforming pain/opioid care, the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine. Second, a terrific infographic from the Consciousness and Health Initiative (CHI) that models a great method for presenting any systematic review – while also upping the “fun” quotient in exploring research outcomes. Then a useful document for anyone needing to know more about credentialing licensed integrative practitioners in this door-opener from ACIH/NCCAOM. Finally, what better spokesperson for arguing the value of acupuncture than a former JAMA editor: George Lundberg is, as my kids in their adolescence would have said, “a tool.” Call this the utility Integrator. Enjoy!

John Weeks, Publisher Editor The Integrator Blog News & Reports

Samantha Simmons, MPH, OCIM president, driving initiative
Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine preps stakeholders for historic Medicaid pain/opioids program
At times in the U.S., good federal policy begins in the states. When it comes to what naturopathic doctors call reversing the “therapeutic order” for paid/opioid care, a new Medicaid proposal from Oregon is setting the nation’s pace for state or national policy (outside perhaps the VA/DoD). The Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) is working to make sure that the this dramatic clinical upheaval succeeds. This article is based on an interview with Samantha Simmons, MPH, president of the distinctive OCIM which for 15 years has drawn together OHSU, OCOM, NUNM, UWS and a local nursing school. The initiative is being engaged with the Oregon Pain Management Commission

George Lundberg, MD, former JAMA editor and Medscape editor at large
Former JAMA editor George Lundberg, MD becomes a pitch man for acupuncture
For 17 years, George Lundberg,MD was an immensely successful if sometimes controversial editor of JAMA, Now Lundberg works as an editor-at-large for Medscape. There he recently shared his experiences with acupuncture as part of a whole system Asean medicine care in “Sciatica: A Love Story.” The pain required him to bend over at the waist to gain any relief – prior to his treatment. This is a compelling tale, presented by Lundberg both in written form and via audio.

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First Episode of “Good Health Is Wealth”, the CWL talk show about integrative health is live! Watch the interview of Dr Martin, Integrative practitioner at Maine Medical Center.

Peruse our new History of Integrated Medicine database.

This is a compendium of known information sorted by country for the entire world.   Click Here to See More!


The CWL is pleased to welcome new practitioner members to our provider database:

. Carie Bernard L.Ac. specializes in Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation she has a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) degree from New England School of Acupuncture. She received supplementary training at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA.
. Dr. Stacey Cantrell from Family Chiropractic Associates in Freeport, ME.  Dr. Stacey graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. She is certified in pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic and the Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
. Licenced Massage Therapist Sandra Benson from Magnolia Healing Arts is now a member of our provider database.  She received her LMT from the Namaste Institute and believes in a unique balance of science and magic. With a foundation in Thai Yoga Massage, Sandra sees the body as an energetic being, and with a foundation in Neuromuscular Therapy.
. Certified Integrative health coach Janie Bisson as well.  Janie received her certification from the Duke University School of Integrative Medicine.  She works with the whole person, mind, body, and spirit, taking the time to listen to the client’s concerns in a nonjudgmental structured, supportive partnership. Through this coaching partnership, my clients are empowered to reach their highest level of health utilizing positive behavior change.  She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist.

  • Dr. Stacey Cantrell

  • Carie Bernard L.Ac

  • Sandra Benson LMT

  • Janie Bisson, Certified Integrative Health Coach
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